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US-Israeli laser defense project $50 million short 
http://www.jpost.com:80/com/Archive/09.May.1997/News/Article-5.html
DOUGLAS DAVIS Jerusalem Post - May 9, 1997  2 Iyyar 5757 
LONDON (May 8) - The $89 million joint US-Israeli 
project to develop a high-energy laser response to 
short-range rocket and artillery attacks requires a 
further $50 million if it is to result in a fully deployable 
system ... The US is currently contributing $59.5 
million to the project, while Israel's share is $29.5 million.

Yeltsin Approves Doctrine Of Nuclear First Use if Attacked
http://washingtonpost.com:80/wp-srv/WPlate/1997-05/10/071L-051097-idx.html
David Hoffman, May 10 1997; Page A21 Washington Post 
MOSCOW, May 9 -- President Boris Yeltsin has approved
a new security doctrine for Russia that stipulates the right to
use nuclear weapons first if attacked, a senior Kremlin
security adviser said today.

IAEA HEAD BLIX LAUDS CHEMICAL WEAPONS CONVENTION 
http://www.iaea.or.at/worldatom/inforesource/pressrelease/prn0797.html
Vienna -- Dr. Hans Blix, director general of the International Atomic
Energy Agency (IAEA), a specialized agency within the United Nations
system, says the coming into force of the Chemical Weapons Convention
(CWC) is a further step toward a world that is gradually being freed
from weapons of mass destruction.